Petite Sirah, ‘Royal Punishers’, Robert Biale
The fruit was hand sorted first in the field then again at the winery. Open top fermentation and punched down three times per day. Pressed to Burgundian oak 30% new. Aged 17 months.
Emil Zange built a native stone winery here in the heart of the hourglass portion of St. Helena in 1885 which was later purchased by Swiss immigrant Joseph Varozza in 1913. The Varozza family has farmed grapes here on their home ranch ever since.
Jack Varozza, Joseph’s grandson, grew up here in the home his father Harold built, and following his family tradition, Jack today grows Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah for his own winery’s excellent wines.
Intense deep, dark blue/black color profile. Exploding aromas of plum, quince, violets, fig cookie, molasses, caramel and marbled rye awaken the nose. The entry is soft and subtle, then builds into a broad mid palate structure which has layers of ripe, black fruit flavors.
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